Most people spend more time in their beds than any other place. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recommends about 8 hours each night for adults. So if you are sleeping like you should, you will end up spending around a third of your life in your bed. So, you are going to want to have a bed that is comfortable, clean and well kept.
When you think of a comfortable bed, you probably think about your mattress. Of course a great mattress is important, but don’t forget about your pillow, blanket and comforter. You will sleep much better knowing that your pillow, blanket and comforter are as they should be. Here’s a look at some things you can do to keep your pillow, blanket and comforter in great shape.
How often should you wash your pillow? If you want to take Martha Stewart’s word for it, the answer is two times per year. For some, two times might not be enough. For instance, if you have issues with excessive drooling while you sleep, or have pets and small children that spend time on your bed. Down pillows and synthetic material are usually machine washable. Consult the instruction tag attached to your pillow for any specific instructions.
Powdered detergents can leave residue behind, so use a liquid detergent. If you want to wash your pillow along with other laundry — no problem! Just keep the pillows balanced in the bin to avoid off-balanced loads. You can even throw your pillow in the dryer without worry. Just make sure they are completely dry before you start using them again. Otherwise, there is a chance of them getting moldy. Dry your pillows on low heat.
Blanket And Comforter Care
Blanket or comforter? What’s the difference? A comforter is made to the right size to fit neatly on top of the mattress. This makes it easy to layer without adding bulk on the sides of your bed. A comforter is perfect for an extra layer under a quilt or to be topped with an elegant coverlet. A blanket is made to drape over the sides of the bed. It can work perfectly well on its own or with another layer. Blankets also come in a throw size which can look great folded up and placed at the foot of your bed. Continue reading for information about taking care of your blanket or comforter.
- Wool blankets: Wool blankets, should be shaken and brushed. This will help to get the dirt, pet hair and dead skin cells off and keep them soft and presentable. Do this regularly. These kind of blankets can develop small balls of bunched up wool fibers, or “pills.” You can remove them by using a fabric shaver. When it comes to washing … dry cleaning is the way to go. Washing them in a washing machine creates an opportunity for shrinkage. Nobody wants that! You know what else nobody wants? Moth larva. This can happen, but dry cleaning will kill any moth larva in a blanket. A tip for storing your wool blankets: put some tissue paper between the folds to reduce wrinkles. Or, if you are storing them long term, vacuum seal the blanket.
- Cotton blankets: You don’t want your colors to fade so wash your cotton blankets on a warm or low temperature cycle. You can use a spot-treatment to pre-treat cotton blankets that are excessively stained. It is recommended to use a mild liquid detergent. Then, tumble dry on a warm cycle. Piece of cake.
- Down blankets: Got a down blanket? Go ahead and shake it out weekly to prevent the feathers inside from bunching up. If you can, it is a good idea to have a professional launder clean your down blanket and comforters. That doesn’t mean you are off the hook though. You should still clean them at home. Here’s how: machine wash them in cold water using a mild detergent without additives. Put your machine on the fastest and longest spin cycle option to make sure as much moisture is removed as possible. Avoid using fabric softeners because it can leave a coating on the feathers and reduce the “fluff.” Then, dry on medium heat.
- Fleece blankets: Fleece can also leave you with “pills” in your blanket. You can remove them with a fabric shaver. Whether you have high quality or low quality fleece, you should use a mild laundry detergent with cold water and put it on a delicate cycle. Put the fabric softener in during the rinse cycle. Then, hang your fleece blanket to air dry. Putting your blanket in the dryer will likely result in more of those pesky “pills.”
- Electric blankets: Cleaning your electric blanket may be easier than you thought. In fact, you should actually wash it before you ever plug it in. Before you wash your electric blanket: disconnect the power from the wall first. Then detach the control cord from the electric blanket. Check to make sure the cords are not connected and that the wires have not worn through the fabric. Then follow the washing instructions to ensure your blanket stays in good shape and you avoid any potential fire hazards.
There are several things that you should make sure NOT to do with your electric blanket. Such as: Do not submerge control in water, dry clean the blanket because it might damage the wires, use bleach or cleaning fluids, use a wringer, iron your electric blanket, use mothballs or sprays, reconnect the blanket before it is completely dry, wash the power cord or put it into water, use analgesic cream in combination with your electric blanket.
Bed Care — Because We Care
Wilding Wallbeds wants to help you get the most out of your bed — whether it is a Murphy Bed, wall bed or a regular bed. That is the reason behind the Ultimate Bed Care Guide. With the proper maintenance, your bed should keep you comfortable for years to come. Take care of your bed and it will take care of you. For more information about bed maintenance, check out these guides on Taking Care Of Your Sheets And Pillowcase; How To Clean Your Mattress And Box Spring; Stains And How To Clean Them; and General Cleaning And Mattress Maintenance. Or you can contact Wilding Wallbeds for assistance with any bed care questions and concerns.